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I Kissed Shara Wheeler, by Casey McQuiston

kayelin_talley's review

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hopeful inspiring slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

brittanyreads's review

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adventurous funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

noemieblue's review

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adventurous hopeful mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

if there’s something about Casey McQuiston is that they know how to write a cute ass friend group. 

b10tch's review

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emotional mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

People are  weird and complicated. This book is that. 

lgibson314's review

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funny lighthearted relaxing slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.5

michelle_reads_14's review against another edition

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funny lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

heatherli25's review

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emotional inspiring lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

jfolan1's review

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emotional funny hopeful inspiring lighthearted reflective sad fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.75

feryioir's review

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emotional funny lighthearted mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

a_writer_somewhere's review against another edition

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4.0

***ARC by NetGalley/from a random email from the universe, thank you universe.***

First up, this is definitely not Red, White and Royal Blue and One Last Stop. It doesn't reach the level of amazingness these two books are in my heart.

It's still very good, it gave me some feels, it made me cry, but that mostly happened towards the second half, and it was not because of the same reasons as her other books.

I think it's important to understand that this book is not as much a romance book as the others, or else you get disappointed. It's not as much about the MC and the love interest, as it is about friendship, queerness in a very Christian town.

It bothered me that the genre says romance when it doesn't really feel like that should be the genre exactly.. This is why I didn't give it 5 stars. I mean, for fucks sake, you've read the blurb, the MC is reading letters and searching for Shara, and Shara's literally not physically there for a big part of the book -_- I shall not say more.

Once you know it's not really a romance book, and more of a coming of age story, it's so much easier to enjoy. Because it really is a great book, it's just not that much of a romance.

Positive:
- Casey McQuiston is the queen of side characters. I'm in love with alllll of them
- Love all the other relationships that were created
- Faster second half
- In every new book, there are a ton more queer characters than in the previous one. A TON. And it feels so natural, it's absolutely beautiful. Like, wtf? Who does that? Who puts 15 queer characters in a book and makes it natural? Casey McQuiston, that's who. And I lover for it.

Negative:
- Very slow beginning. Hard to get into.
- Not so interested in the relationship between the MC and Shara